Huddersfield v Everton: Jan Siewert's first game

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Anyway that’s enough admin, let’s get on to the matter at hand, tonight’s clash against Everton. It will be Jan Siewert’s first game in charge of Huddersfield Town after an apparently fruitful training trip to Portugal.

A New Era

The tributes to David Wagner have been and gone, and now we look to a new future under Jan Siewert. If we are brutally honest, the season so far has been nothing short of atrocious.

We’ve only won twice and we’ve struggled enormously to score, never mind grab wins.

Much of that can be attributed to Wagner’s safety-first tactics in recent months that have inhibited our attackers. Jan Siewert has promised to bring an attacking flair to the team, and that’s something to be really excited about.

Siewert’s preferred formation is 4-3-3, with a lot of emphasis on quick transitions from defence to attack. That should mean less sideways passing and a quicker tempo to the game, which will be refreshing to see.

Obviously tactics like that can go one of two ways, but we have all been crying out for the team to go down with a bang rather than a whimper. We could ship a fair few goals, but hopefully we’ll score a few too.

Transfer Round-Up

Rumours have been circulating in the media recently about a loan deal for Everton striker Cenk Tosun. His recent goal scoring record hasn’t been spectacular, but make no doubts about it, Tosun is a prolific finisher.

The Turkish international demonstrated that at the weekend with his neat finish against Millwall and if Town fans needed any reminder of his ability, they need only look back to the game at the John Smith’s last season.

A slight lapse in concentration from the Town defence allowed Tosun a small amount of space, and he steered the ball into the corner of the goal with aplomb.

The deal to sign Tosun seems to be just a rumour at this stage, but one deal that appears to be more than a rumour is the signing of Charlton striker Karlan Grant. Sky Sports today reported that a £1.5 million deal has been finalised for the 21-year-old and it seems likely that Grant will be unveiled either before the Everton game or during half-time.

After a spell on loan at Crawley last season, Grant returned to The Valley this season and quickly became an Addicks regular. 14 goals in 28 League One games seem to have earned Grant his move to Huddersfield, with Brentford rumoured to have been interested also.

It might seem disappointing to some fans that we are attempting to solve our striker crisis with a half-season League One wonder. To those of you that feel like that, I’d say keep the faith and trust the decision makers at the club.

Grant is a goal scorer, with a decent amount of pace and good technical ability. He may not score a heap of goals this season, but he will prove beneficial to the team in the long-term. Brentford are a club well-known for identifying undervalued attacking players, and if the Bees were after Grant as well, we can be even more confident that he is a skilled player.

Everton Prediction

We’ve been impressed with Jan Siewert so far in his short time with the club. He has spoken well and endeared himself to the fans. If the players are to be believed, the training camp in Portugal was enjoyable and instructive.

We’re hoping to see some real attacking verve, and we expect to see a lot of emotion on the pitch from the players. Everton have been somewhat lightweight this season, as their cup clash against Millwall highlighted.

I’m predicting a Town win, with the team racing into a 2-0 and holding on towards the end to win 2-1.

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